Parental Liability Law and Legal Definition

Parental liability is a legal doctrine that holds parents civilly liable for the torts and crimes of their children. It is used to refer to a parent's obligation to pay for damage done by negligent, intentional, or criminal acts of that parent's child. In most states, parents are responsible for all malicious or willful property damage done by their children. Parental liability usually ends when the child reaches the age of majority.